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Man Held for Fatal Beating of Girlfriend's Child

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A funeral is scheduled this week for a six-month-old Dallas boy who -- according to police -- died after he was abused by his mother's boyfriend.

Roderic Holland died Saturday from injuries including a lacerated liver, a bruised heart, a broken arm and broken ribs. His sister, 22-month-old Samoria Holland, was in intensive care yesterday with a cracked skull and internal bleeding. She had suffered seizures since being injured last week.

James Felton Williams was being held in Dallas County Jail yesterday in the crime. The 21-year-old is accused of capital murder in Roderic's death and injury to a child in Samoria's case.

Police say Jacquelyn McMaryion left her children with Williams at the couple's apartment last Tuesday when she went to work. Later, neighbors noticed the children's injuries and took them to the hospital.

Neither Williams nor the mother could be reached for comment yesterday.


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